Sunday, December 6, 2009

Welcome, Bishop Mary

"Bishop Mary"--I like the ring of that.

Thank you to the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles for a special gift this Christmas: the election of two women to serve as suffragan bishops under Bishop Jon Bruno.

Diane M. Jardine Bruce is married and rector of a church in San Clemente.

Mary D. Glasspool has been in a committed relationship with another woman since 1988 and currently works for the Diocese of Maryland.

How many Protestant pastors today can say they have been faithful for 21 years? How many Roman Catholic priests have honored their celibacy that long?

With a life of quiet, humble service, this Mary is indeed a blessing to the church, a reason to diminish our fears of approving pastors who are in same-sex unions.

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